Willowbank is home to a wide range of native animals, from endangered birds such as the kea and kiwi to rare farm species including the kunekune pig and Enderby Island rabbit. The reserve also has exotic species such as gibbons, capuchins, lemurs, iguanas, otters, and macaws.
Specially designed displays enable you to get close to many of these animals and learn more about them. Meet kiwi in Willowbank’s Nocturnal House; hand-feed many of the park’s animals, especially during New Zealand school holidays; or enter the lemur enclosure to feed and take photos with the furry critters. You can also book a ticket to Ko Tāne, a unique Maori cultural experience staged every evening in the reserve.
Guided tours are available in the late afternoon. Many visitors purchase tickets for a tour and for Ko Tāne in the same evening.